Jinsei Ginko Life Bank Brings Virtual Prosperity

The Jinsei Ginko or Life Bank has a little virtual family inside. When you add money, your virtual family grows and prospers.


(Jinsei Ginko Life Bank)

Starting out from modest circumstances, like any virtual family, it takes time to build a great lifestyle. Your savings will help. It's difficult to tell from the product page (since I don't read Japanese), but ever-helpful Google translation augurs that it is possible to set a savings goal or deadline. It also seems that the birthdays of different virtual individuals can also be set.


(Jinsei Ginko Life Bank details)

What's more, if you get two Life Banks, they will interact with each other. Users are warned not to spend all of their savings - avoid virtual poverty!

The Life Bank immediately reminded me of the Perky Pat microworld, from an early Philip K. Dick story. Wretched remnants of humanity were living in holes; they spent their time and their assets building up little play layouts that reminded them of their previous lives of consumer heaven.

Norman Schein gazed down at their combined layout, the swanky shops, the well-lit streets with the parked new-model cars, all of them shiny, the split-level house itself, where Perky Pat lived and where she entertained Leonard, her boy friend. It was the house that he perpetually yearned for; the house was the real focus of the layout - of all the Perky Pat layouts, however much they might otherwise differ...

We lived then, Norm Schein said to himself, like Perky Pat and Leonard do now. This is how it actually was...
(Read more about the Perky Pat microworld layout)

Via Virtual family inside Life Bank grows wealthy along with you.

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